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A Practical Guide to Greener Theatre by Ellen E. Jones

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Chapter 12

Costume Crafts, Make-Up, and Storage

Costume Crafts

Under the umbrella of the costume shop, there is more than just constructing and maintaining clothing. We work with dyeing, weaving, millinery, jewelry, cosmetics, wigs, and shoe repair. Each of these areas employs materials and chemicals beyond the standard needle and thread. Each chemical we employ must be not only properly used, but also safely and effectively stored. Because the potential products are so numerous, I cannot realistically cover every one. Instead, I will focus on the most popular and give overviews of other groups.

Fabric Dyes

Dyeing clothing has a bad rap. Synthetic fabric dyes often use heavy metals and other toxic chemicals to complete the task. It is easy to ...

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